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Streaming Sand Grains Help Define Essence of a Liquid
June 24, 2009
A graduate student in physics at the University of Chicago has devised a special apparatus for an $80,000 high-speed camera to image the rapidly changing behavior of streaming grains, much as a skydiver might photograph a fellow jumper in free fall, with astonishing results.
University of Chicago
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